SenseAbility’s experience in supporting both public and private sector organizations in Canada in their journey to building inclusive workplaces is leading to innovative opportunities to partner with key stakeholders involved in employment outcomes for people with disabilities.
These include academic institutions, innovative technology and program delivery partners, and inclusive employers. SenseAbility is implementing pilot projects with the support of the Ontario Government to create experiential learning opportunities for students with disabilities at both high school and college levels. Unique to this project is a non-resume-based job matching technology that tests and matches a student’s soft skills with employers’ needs.
SenseAbility and its partners are creating new opportunities for students with disabilities to gain early, paid work experience to build soft skills and work experience critical to future labour market attachment. Currently, students with disabilities face such barriers to employment as employer attitudes and lack of understanding of disability, and unconscious bias present in recruitment practices and Applicant Tracking Systems technologies.
Outcomes of the pilots will inform key topics of credentialism, soft skills, systemic gaps in accessibility and inclusion, wage subsidies, role of tested and targeted resiliency programs, and the continued importance of technology in removing barriers to inclusion.